Aromatherapy and essential oils in jewelry
Before answering this question, let's first give more information about what aromatherapy is and what essential oils are.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is part of alternative medicine or part of a holistic approach to health. It uses the essential oils of plants to treat and alleviate the symptoms of various diseases.
The essential oils what they are?
When you walk in nature you feel different smells coming from flowers, bushes, and trees. The aroma of pine forest, lilac, or hyacinth is due to the essential oils in them. They are volatile aromatic molecules that are synthesized naturally in different parts of plants and serve to attract insects to help them in their pollination and reproduction or to protect against pests. The essential oil is a concentrated extract of the leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, stem, root, bark, or resin of the plant. It is an interesting fact that from one plant essential oils can be extracted from different parts of it and they have different properties. For example, the essential oil is extracted from the coriander plant from the leaves (Cilantro) and from the seeds (Coriander). Three essential oils are extracted from the bitter orange tree. From the peel of the fruit (Wild / Bitter orange), from the flowers (Neroli) and from the leaves (Petitgrain). Essential oils are 50-70 times more concentrated than herbs. To extract 1 kg of essential oil, between 100-150 kg of plant material from lavender and 2000-3000 kg of rose are needed.
Essential oils in antiquity
The use of essential oils has been documented since ancient civilizations. In Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Roman Empire, India, and China, essential oils were used not only for healing but also in rituals and spiritual practices, in cosmetics, and for perfumes. The Bible mentions the use of essential oils in many places, and when Jesus Christ was born, the three wise men came to bring him gifts - these gifts were gold and essential oils of incense and myrrh. The value of these two essential oils was equal to that of gold.
Methods of essential oils extraction
The extraction of essential oils is done by several methods. The most common is steam distillation. It is used for 80% of oils. Another method is cold pressing, which is used to extract oils from citrus peels. For the extraction of essential oils from delicate flowers such as jasmine, solvent extraction such as benzene, hexane, pentane, methanol, ethanol, and others is used. One of the newest and highest quality extraction methods is through carbon dioxide. Its speed allows it to capture even the most volatile aromatic molecules.
Essential oils have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The main benefits of using different essential oils are:
- - Strengthen immunity
- - Support the detoxification of the body
- - Reduce stress
- - Beneficial effect on joints and muscles
- - Help digestion
- - Balance hormones
- - Improve brain function
- - Soothe the pain
- - Improve sleep
- - Increase the body's energy
- - Improve skin health
- - They purify the air
- - Improve mood
- - They support spiritual awareness
- - Increase in concentration
- - Improve blood circulation
- - They are a good repellent for fighting mosquitoes, ticks, lice and more.
- - They are an aphrodisiac and increase libido
- - They are a helper in losing weight
- - They are good fragrances and detergents
- - Used in cooking (only essential oils suitable for internal use)
- - Decrease temperature, blood sugar levels, blood pressure
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are fat-soluble and their molecules are extremely small. This allows these molecules to penetrate the cell wall. Thus, when the essential oil is inhaled or applied to the skin, it can penetrate into it for 2 minutes and reach the other cells in the body in 20 minutes. Their action lasts from 3 to 6 hours. The olfactory centers are directly connected to the hypothalamus, which is responsible for many of the psycho-physiological processes in the body.
Methods of essential oils' application
There are three main methods of applying essential oils. However, before we learn who they are, it is important to note that each organism shows a different sensitivity to essential oils. If you feel irritation and itching when smelling, do not use the essential oil. First use on the skin, perform a sensitivity test by placing 1 drop of essential oil diluted with base oil in the bend of the elbow for several hours. If redness or itching occurs, clean with coconut or other base oil and do not use the essential oil.
Through the skin
There are several ways to take it through the skin. Direct application on the skin by massage, compress, adding oils to the bathwater, sitting baths, gargles, and rinses. It is important to know that essential oils, with a few exceptions such as lavender or tea tree essential oil, are not applied undiluted to the skin. This does not reduce their effect, on the contrary. Also, never put essential oils in the eyes or ears. If oil accidentally gets in there, rinse thoroughly with a base oil placed on a soft cloth. Only then can you rinse with water. Direct use of water can worsen the condition. Be careful with the use of phototoxic oils. Such are most citrus essential oils. Use them in the evening or at least 4 hours before exposure to ultraviolet light, because they can cause uneven skin pigmentation.
Again, several methods are known - direct inhalation from the bottle, steam inhalation, spray, nasal inhaler, aroma lamp with a candle, diffuser or by dripping on a piece of cotton, cloth or another surface. Here is the place of aroma bracelet and all other aromatic jewelry (link to an article only for aroma jewelry), which you can read about in our article about them.
The aroma bracelets of Zak Code are made of five layers of real carbon fiber with a matte finish in the shape of an asymmetrical flower. A volcanic stone bead is added to the center of the carbon fiber flower. This lava ball is the surface on which the essential oil is dripped. Its porous structure allows the aroma to last up to 48 hours.
For internal use
It is important to note that only certain essential oils are suitable for internal use. Read the labels carefully before using essential oil. Use only therapeutic grade essential oils and make sure they are suitable for internal use.
- - Observe the following recommendations regarding essential oils:
- - Patients with hay fever and allergies should not use essential oils before consulting a doctor.
- - Essential oils should not be used in people with serious illnesses such as epilepsy, asthma, or cancer.
- - Essential oils should not be used by children under 3 years.
- - Use essential oils with caution when it comes to the elderly and pregnant women. Consultation with a doctor is recommended before use.
- - Keep essential oils away from fire, as they are flammable.
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